The Sixth Annual Reunion was held
in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN August 11 - 15, 2005
What is it that separates a combat veteran from the civilian? It isn't
friendship....we all have friends. We all have reunions too, but you
won't feel the same emotions or "the ties that bind" at a high school or
As combat vets, we've all surpassed some hurdle; carry visible and invisible
wounds that no one else will ever know. I carry no other memories like those
of the times and friendships of other young men, with whom I shared a year
of death and destruction. There is no other friendship like that. It lasts
I have been to all the Kilo reunions. Minneapolis was my 6th....OUR 6th.
Jay Sutton hosted the Minneapolis reunion and deserves special thanks for
For the Memorial Service alone....tying together the escort, a bagpiper,
Marine Corps Honor Guard, locating and inviting family members of some of
our K.I.A.'s, a Blackhawk flyover and placing this all on the state capitol
grounds in a beautiful Veterans Memorial location.
A lot of our 'honorary members', the wives and families, for those of you
who have never been with us yet, had 'The Mall of America's' a few blocks
away. I think we all got there at least once over the weekend.
The Kilo raffle keeps getting bigger as well. A lot of thanks have to go
to those donating members and to Dolly who always does an excellent job
There are others to thank as well, Brian and Susan McKinsey, Smitty and Peg,
The Koenig family, our Corpsmen (who are equally a part of Kilo Company),
JoAnn Bradford for the products and others who do so much behind the scenes
of each reunion!
If you've never been, you can't ask
'remember when' or whatever happened to'. I'm older now and losing it on
the top and gaining it on the middle, most of us are, bue we remeberand we
carry it with us proudly.
Please, join us.
New Orleans is next: The Omni Royal Orleans. The dates are: August 3-7,
Yes....I know; Katrina, Rita and Wilma....
Storms didn't stop us then, did they?
Plan to come. There are lots of guys I still miss and want to see and talk
to again. I'm sure that I'm not the only one.
Bill Rolke '69